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by FutureBrewer
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Brewing Equipment
Topic: Compact 3-Vessel system
Replies: 27
Views: 3771

Re: Compact 3-Vessel system

Hey Kev - that’s some impressive work. A thing of beauty!

Cheers,
FB.
by FutureBrewer
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

It's not going to be anything complicated like your water profile. Why? Well, because it won't be! Not to be that far off your intended OG anyway. This really sounds like a sparge problem, assuming your mash regime is as good as you say. You always used to batch sparge and you got better extraction...
by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

Filtered water. Low calcium? Hmmm - should I just give it a go with water straight from the tap instead of the filtered..? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk It's definitely a base I'd want to cover. That and the suggestion you take a pre-boil gravity and check all your calibrations, volumes, mash ...
by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

Long shot but have you moved house since you were last brewing (different water)? Yes, I have :) I reckoned on using the water from the inline filter for a neutral base... I wanted to keep it simple for first brews (simple recipes I’ve done before and no water treatment) but maybe I should’ve check...
by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

Another point. You mention top up water. Is this topping up the fermenter after transfering from the boil kettle. If so are you making sure you stir in the topped up water before taking a gravity reading. Nope - topping up is just the batch water... mash, top up, drain, 2nd batch, drain. I never ad...
by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

Does it give an expected pre boil gravity reading in the recipe book or have you taken any pre boil gravity readings No - recipe book is Graham Wheeler’s Brew Your Own British Real Ale. It lists OG, mash schedule, boil time, final gravity, alcohol content, bitterness units and colour. I’ve never ta...
by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

vacant wrote:Is the recipe in US gallons?
No. 19 Litres - Graham Wheeler’s Brew Your Own British Ale.


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by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

Bigbud78 wrote:I'd look at your volumes as well, I've found an extra litre of water pre boil is a drop of about 2 gravity points.
Collected volumes are correct according to the batch sparge calculator...


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by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

Does it give an expected pre boil gravity reading in the recipe book or have you taken any pre boil gravity readings No - recipe book is Graham Wheeler’s Brew Your Own British Real Ale. It lists OG, mash schedule, boil time, final gravity, alcohol content, bitterness units and colour. I’ve never ta...
by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

MTW wrote:Filtered water. Low calcium?
Hmmm - should I just give it a go with water straight from the tap instead of the filtered..?


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by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

Sorry if these questions seem daft but; Are you using fresh grain? Are you crushing it yourself? Is your scale accurate? Is your thermometer accurate? Not daft at all :) Grain is fresh - 25kg sack of Crisps Maris Otter bought end of August. Not crushing myself (see above). Scales are accurate as fa...
by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

Rhodesy wrote:Have you checked your hyrdometer at 20c with water to see if it still reads 1.000?
Yes, and it does.


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by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

What software are you using to calculate your OG? Also is it possible that your water volumes are out? If you can post a recipe and volumes that may help? No software - just looking at the expected OG in the recipe book and using a hydrometer at the end of cooling to pitching temp... The collected ...
by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Re: Advice on missed OG targets

Have you worked out your actual efficiency, 75-80 is usual. It was a while ago, but I’d calculated it to around 70 - 75... I’m on same kit and brewing recipes from Wheeler’s BYO - ones that I’ve already done previously with no adjustments. Usually hitting within a point or so, sometimes slightly hi...
by FutureBrewer
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Advice on missed OG targets
Replies: 30
Views: 2311

Advice on missed OG targets

Hi all, I’m back to brewing after a few years. I’ve made three brews in quick succession and each time I’ve totally missed my OG target by a large margin. #1 Target: 1.044 – Actual: 1.030* #2 Target: 1.040 – Actual: 1.031 #3 Target: 1.054 – Actual: 1.045 In the third brew, I even upped the grain bil...